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Parliament approves Parlatino, local permanent commissions

page4a167PHILIPSBURG-- In Tuesday's general session, Parliament approved the names of the Members of Parliament (MPs) to serve on the eight permanent local parliamentary committees and the ten commissions of the Parliament of Latin America.

Chairing the session was Deputy President of Parliament Leroy de Weever in the absence of President Gracita Arrindell.

Members of the committee on Justice are MPs Patrick Illidge (independent), Jules James of the United People's (UP) party, Leroy de Weever of the Democratic Party (DP), and George Pantophlet (NA).

Serving on the committee for Finance are Silvia Meyers-Olivacce (UP), Roy Marlin (DP) and Frans Richardson (NA).

MPs James, De Weever, Illidge and F. Richardson will be on the committee for Economic Affairs, Tourism, and Transportation.

The Education, Youth, Sports and Culture committee will have as members Meyers-Olivacce, Leroy de Weever and Louie Laveist (NA). Meyers-Olivacce is expected to be appointed chair of this committee based on an already-established political agreement, as has been made for all committees.

Members of the committee on Public Health, Social Development and Labour are De Weever, Laville and Dr. Lloyd Richardson (NA).

MP R. Marlin is expected to head the committee for Kingdom Relations and Inter-Parliamentary Affairs. He's joined on the committee by Dr. Ruth Douglass (UP), William Marlin and Illidge.

Serving on the committee for petitions are Douglass, R. Marlin and Hyacinth Richardson (NA).

Also approved were the MPs to serve on the Parlatino commissions with two changes. Two commissions had three MPs interested in being a part, but the regulations only allowed for two members. To settle the issue of membership the matter was put to a vote by De Weever.

He appointed an ad hoc election committee comprising MPs Roy Marlin and Dr. Richardson. However, during the distribution of the ballots, Dr. Richardson - who was one of the three members who want to serve on the Health commission and Human rights, Justice and Prison Policies commission - struck a compromise with the deputy president of parliament.

De Weever reported to Parliament, after disbanding the ad hoc committee before voting took place that Dr. Richardson had agreed to an alternating membership on the health committee. De Weever will serve on the Health Commission for the first two years of this parliamentary term while Dr. Richardson will serve for the next two.

As for the second commission that had three members interested, Dr. Richardson retracted his name.

Commenting on the alternation of membership for the Health Commission, MP Romain Laville said that Article 43 of the Parlatino rules states that a MP who is not the member of a commission can still participate in the meeting and deliberation, but cannot vote.

Present for the Parliament meeting were MPs De Weever and Roy Marlin of DP, Silvia Meyers-Olivacce, Laville, Johan Leonard and Dr. Ruth Douglass of UP, Patrick Illidge (independent), Frans Richardson, Dr. Lloyd Richardson and Louie Laveist.

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